What exactly makes VCTs so attractive?

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) have now been in the market for over two decades. These publicly listed, tax efficient vehicles enable individuals to invest in (usually) startups and early stage growth companies. And growing in popularity, we looked at what made it such an appealing option.

Financing for innovative and growing businesses finally takes centre stage

Tuesday, 8th August 2017

National provider of legal and professional services, Ashfords LLP is currently formulating a response to the government consultation, ‘Financing Growth in Innovative Firms’, which is seeking to address factors affecting the supply of capital for innovative and growing businesses.

Data Protection Bill Statement of Intent

Monday, 7th August 2017

Today's publication of the Data Protection Bill's Statement of Intent confirms that data protection is a priority for this Government.

Should pay for Voluntary Overtime be included in holiday pay calculations?

Friday, 4th August 2017

Employees who regularly work voluntary overtime could be eligible for additional holiday pay, following the Employment Appeal Tribunal's decision in Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council -v- Mr G Willetts and Others.

Consultation on the draft code of practice for invasive non-native species control provisions in England outcome

Friday, 4th August 2017

Section 23 of the Infrastructure Act 2015 amended the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 ("WCA") by inserting Schedule 9A to introduce a statutory regime of species control agreements and orders.

Meet the Trainee - Sara Williams

Friday, 4th August 2017

A post from the Trainee Blog - Sara Williams, answers questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

Farming Fatalities - how do they happen, how can they be prevented, and the legal position

Monday, 31st July 2017

A recent spate of incidents and the release of HSE annual statistics has affirmed the continuing problem of farm safety in the agriculture industry.

Technology and IT recording of risk is an issue in the care sector

Monday, 31st July 2017

Safety is the key question that is most often rated as requiring improvement or inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC have recently reported major concerns over patient safety and risk assessments in mental health services and found that improvements need to be made in relation to risk assessment and management

The study, called 'The...

The impact of the Taylor Report on the Retail Sector

Friday, 28th July 2017

The Taylor Review on Working Practices in the Modern Economy, published in July, highlights the benefits to the economy of the flexibility of UK working arrangements, but stresses the need to provided protections for all types of worker.

Cross Border Restructuring and Insolvency Update - 27 July 2017

Friday, 28th July 2017

Bulletin covering two articles: Pearson v. Primeo Fund (Cayman Islands) [2017] UKPC 19 and FNV v Smallsteps, along with two short stories.

How to prepare for your training contract

Friday, 28th July 2017

The trainee intake at Ashfords is varied. Some trainees have previously worked at Ashfords as paralegals, some have worked elsewhere as paralegals or in non-legal roles and others have gone straight from university and the LPC into their training contract. The truth is, it really doesn’t matter.

Supreme Court rules that employment tribunal fees are unlawful

Friday, 28th July 2017

The Supreme Court has handed down it's Judgment deciding that employment tribunal ("ET") fees are unlawful, and that they are indirectly discriminatory. This follows a four year appeal by Unison.


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